The City of Pearls, The City of Nawabs, Tollywood city – the capital of Telangana, Hyderabad has many different names. A confluence of a regal past and modernity, Hyderabad is a refreshing experience and you can still notice the royal feel in the people and culture here. From historic sites, to mouth-watering food, to thrilling entertainment parks, Hyderabad has it all. Here is the list of the best places to visit in Hyderabad.
A trip to Hyderabad is never complete without a visit to the signature monument of Hyderabad – the Charminar. It is the most important monument of Hyderabad and was built by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah as a memoir when he shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. It is located in the heart of the Old city and surrounded by the vast shopping area, the Laad Bazaar, where you can get things like jewellery, bangles, ethnic wear etc. for a god bargain. And while you are in the area you might want to catch a Lunch break at Shadab which is quite famous for its sumptuous Hyderabadi cuisine and check out the Mecca Masjid, the foundation of which was laid using soil brought from the holy city of Mecca. If you can kill time shopping in the area and stay until evening you can witness the Charminar in full glamour when it is illuminates as night falls.
Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City is not just a proud destination for Hyderabad, but the entire country and probably one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad with your family and friends. Spanning a whopping 2,000 acres, it is the largest integrated film city in the world. You can either do a day tour of the place or choose to stay overnight also. At one time it can accommodate up to 50 film units. There are several movies sets themed to replicate foreign locations, colleges, parks, hospitals, airports etc. The biggest draw for tourists is the butterfly Park. There are also several virtual tours of scenes that are shot in movies and hotels with stay options.
Salar Jung Museum
It is one of the three national museums of the country and boasts of being one of the biggest one-man collection in the world. It has an expansive collection of artefacts collected from Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, also known as Salar Jung III, and his descendants. It is a diverse repository spanning across 38 galleries and consisting of jade carvings, Persian carpets, Indian sculptures, Chinese porcelain, statues, wood carvings, manuscripts and art work from various parts of the world. There are also pieces from the personal belongings of many rulers like Tipu Sultan, Jehangir and others. The place is a gold mine for the history geek.
Chow Mahalla Palace
The palace was once the seat of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty. Chow Mahalla literally translates as “four places” and takes after the Shah Palace of Iran. You can witness the ancient regal history of the erstwhile region of the Nizams coming alive through its stunning courtyards, gardens, halls, chandeliers and fountains. It is like taking a virtual tour of the grandeur and enigmatic way of the life of the rulers.
Golconda derives its name from “Golla Konda” which translates as Shepherd’s Hill. An architectural delight dating back to the 13th century, the Golconda fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which was ruled by several dynasties through various periods of history. The highlight of the fort is its acoustic effects. If you call out at the Fateh Darwaza, you can hear the sound crisp and clear even at Bala Hissar which is a kilometre away. Within the fort complex are the reminiscent of an excellently planned city. At night there is a sound and light show which retells its glorious past.
Hussain Sagar Lake
Another tourist hotspot and one of the best places to visit in Hyderabad is the Hussain Sagar Lake which happens to be the largest artificial lake in Asia. It also connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. At the centre of the lake is a 16m tall statue of Buddha which is made of white granite and sports a glow in the moonlight. At the lake you can also engage in water activities like boating, parasailing, and cruising. While you are here, you can also check out the Birla Mandir which is a temple built entirely of marble. The Lumbini Park and Sanjeevaiah Park are also in the vicinity.
There is a lot more in Hyderabad for you to have a fun filled and fulfilling holiday. And no matter which part of the city you are at, one thing is certain, you will always have great food that will keep you wanting for more.